Choose the Right Paste for Wall Coverings
Choosing the Right Paste for Wall Coverings
In general, the heavier the wall covering, the stronger the paste will need to be. Strong, full-bodied wallpaper paste has a thick consistency and contains more solidthan it does water.
Some pastes can be mixed to different strengths to suit both ordinary wallpaper and heavy vinyls by adding more or less water. Follow the instructions on the packet and measure the amount of water and paste carefully – never guess the quantities.
Many wall coverings must be left on one side after they have been pasted while the paste soaks into the paper. The paper expands slightly when it is damp and if it is not left to soak it will continue to expand on the wall – making matching difficult and perhaps forming bubbles. The length of time a covering should be left to soak depends both on which paste you are using and the type of wall covering – though in general heavy, thick coverings need to soak for longer than thin ones.
Vinyls need no soaking time because vinyl does not expand when damp.
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